Since its foundation in 1989 by David Marks and Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield Architects has developed a diverse portfolio of work including civic, commercial, cultural, and infrastructure projects. Best known as the architects and entrepreneurs behind the creation of the London Eye, projects range from a Treetop Walkway for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to the first UK primary University Training School for the University of Cambridge. Commercial projects include the recently refurbished and transformed 82 Baker Street and the new-build Greenwich Gateway Pavilions in London.
Ongoing current projects include a new green and inclusive Mosque for Cambridge that will become a community as well as a spiritual centre, a visitor centre in the Seychelles for the Seychelles Island Foundation, a prototype drinking water fountain, and the landmark British Airways i360 visitor attraction in Brighton, opening in the summer of 2016.
The London-based practice has won more than 65 awards for architecture, design excellence, innovation, and sustainability. Its reputation is established by a consistent design approach, the guiding force of which focuses on a thorough understanding of the clients’ and stakeholders’ needs, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the context of the site. Its commitment is to conceive and guide the process that turns often complex and challenging briefs into solutions that bring vitality and enjoyment in to people’s lives whilst acting as a catalyst for economic and environmental transformations.
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